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Random Walk

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jimy Shah @ 3:23 am

    When I think of Random Walk, the first thing that comes to my mind is the mathematical analysis and the most famous Markov processes. Hold it, you must be tempted to ask are you a geek? No I am not and so I am not allowed to wear this geeky
hat. So my random walk is slightly different, in fact very different and thankfully it does not involve any MATH in it.

    Ok, my random walk is the random desire that came to my mind today to go on a walk. Weather here in Boston gives you out of this world kind of feeling. So I could not resist myself and after having my homemade aloo partha from Edison, I decided to reinvent myself and go on a random walk. It was around 9:35 pm when I went out; by this time half of America goes to sleep. As I expected the parking lot and the streets were completely deserted. I still continued my random walk and made a random turn to a random street. And guess what? It turned out that I never knew there was a Citizens Bank just 100 yards from my apartment. This was just the first random place out of many which I discovered. I continued my random experiment and kept going on with my random walk. The weather was perfect for such a walk and my Iphone confirmed it by showing it to be 62o F. Soft cool breeze blowing gently and the combination of a Pajama and a cool-dude T-Shirt made the experience amazing.

I decided to explore the unexplored street in my neighborhood and dared to enter it during these late hours. I could see infrequent fleet of cars but not even a single living creature nearby. I was waiting for the traffic to pass by so that I can cross the road and go to the other side and suddenly, a car stopped. Do you think I was getting intimidated or frightened?? Naah… but that did arouse suspicion in my mind. It did not last long as I could see a hand coming out of the car window and waiving indicating to move on and cross the road. I love this place, this is one of the few places where I have seen such a courteous drivers. Kudos to all those drivers who stop for the passerby and gives the pedestrian a sigh of relief. After getting to other side of the road I started walking and singing a popular Himesh’s number. Within 5 minutes I got my next random surprise, I saw a church which was again less than 300 yards from my apartment. I remember observing huge mass of people passing by this street but never realized that there was a church nearby. Around the church was a nice pedestrian walkway which I used for my next 15 minutes walk. I started imagining myself walking/running on this newly discovered walkway every morning. I wish I really did that, but for a person like me who wakes up at 2:00 pm on weekends it almost seems impossible. So I stopped my imagination and continued humming Himesh’s number.

Soon I decided to take a U-Turn and started heading back. Then my eyes went on to observe an Indian restaurant right across the street “Welcome Indian Cuisine” was the billboard, bright and glittering. I always found this place to be very unattractive from my car as this was the way which I passed by twice a day. But suddenly, when I had time to observe this place closely, I discovered that it was well structured and had quite a lot of free space and parking on both sides of the restaurant. Suddenly a place which was distasteful started appearing appealing. I could see many tables occupied with people wearing salwar kameez, the traditional Indian dress. My test buds started expressed their desire and I made this place to be my next gourmet venture for this weekend.

I continued and observed places such as a Medical Center, Auto repair shop, grocery store and so on. I turned to the familiar street which took me to my community parking lot and soon my random walk ended. It ended with a lot of discoveries and changed few of my viewpoints. Not to mention that it helped in digestion and made me feel better after a heavy dinner. I have decided that I will try to continue this decision of walking and make it a tradition. I also decided to continue with such random experiments which led me to my to-be random tradition (walk).

I would recommend everyone to go out of your apartment some day and experience the freshness around you. I can bet, if you have never done this before you will find at least one interesting observation during your random walk. Do share your experience if you happen to experience one of these random walks.



-Jimy Shah

Live 2 Eat don’t Eat 2 Live





  1. Nice Observation Jimmy..

    Comment by Malav — 06/05/2009 @ 4:19 am | Reply

    • Thanks Malav.

      Comment by Jimy Shah — 06/05/2009 @ 4:29 am | Reply

  2. Nice Article Jimy.. It is so common for us to get lost in the busy things in life that we often forget to look around our own place..!!!

    Comment by Vijay Pappu — 06/05/2009 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Vijay. One of the things which got me started and inspired to write a blog was reading your blog 😛

      Comment by Jimy Shah — 06/05/2009 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

  3. Oh Jimy! This was a pleasant read. I totally expected something mathematical, judging by the Gaussian curve graphic. Thank you.

    Comment by Manu — 06/06/2009 @ 10:33 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Manu for your comments. The Gaussian graphics was to attract geeky audience 😉

      Comment by Jimy Shah — 06/07/2009 @ 2:49 pm | Reply

  4. Nice one! Honestly this is an inspiration to get our butts out of our cars and realize that walking can be a pleasure 🙂

    Comment by Sudeep — 06/07/2009 @ 1:33 pm | Reply

    • Sudeep, believe me walking is indeed a pleasure. I am practicing it daily now, give me a call if you want to join me 😉

      Comment by Jimy Shah — 06/07/2009 @ 2:50 pm | Reply

  5. Have you ever spend 10 mins to find the best parking spot when parking at a Mall? My sub-conscious mind starts calculating the distance from front door of the mall to the car and sometimes it ends up with regular expressions. (I wish we had build in Perl installed in our brain, Ahem)

    Anyways, the point is, We (for sure I) don’t care for how much we walk inside the mall, return to the same store for 5 hacking time, walk in zig-zag pattern and curse our shoes, we will always try to park in the best possible position so we dont have to walk that 3 extra steps. Is it just me or this happens with you also?

    Comment by Brijesh Chauhan — 06/09/2009 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

    • I agree with you Brigi. It happens to everyone that we try to find the “best” parking spot possible and then walk 100s of yards in the mall. I think this is because we are MATERIALISTIC. Walking some extra yards in the parking lot is not going to get us the pleasure of viewing the VS, Express, neiman marcus and all. If you are lucky enough you might get a glance of some hot chicks (if that is a pleasure for you as it is for me ;)).

      So the fact of the matter is that “this it is and this is how it is going to be” so have a cold beer and CHILL !!

      By the way as you wished you had Perl installed in your brain, I wish I had MATLAB installed in my brain which will not only solve RegExp but also generate some cool graphics and solve complex computational problems. Howz that?

      Comment by Jimy Shah — 06/10/2009 @ 1:50 pm | Reply

      • “if that is a pleasure for you as it is for me”

        It sure is.

        “so have a cold beer and CHILL !!”

        Sadly, I don’t drink anymore.

        Comment by Brijesh Chauhan — 07/13/2009 @ 2:58 pm

  6. better late than never…..for u bcoz u realised walking was a tooo goood a routine to be missed out….agreed m not following but u know the safety over here after the clock turns 10…hopefullly i join u once my full time starts… 😛 and better late than never for me since i read it after a looooooooooooooooong time after u had posted it….

    Comment by kunaal — 06/14/2009 @ 8:00 pm | Reply

    • I don’t think UTA is that unsafe. At least when I was there I used to come from lab at 3:00 am in the morning. Things might have changed but if you really want to enjoy the pleasure of leisure walking time is never a factor. Try it out today (before 10 pm) and you will feel the difference.

      Comment by Jimy Shah — 07/05/2009 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

  7. “I could see many tables occupied with people wearing salwar kameez, the traditional Indian dress. My test buds started expressed their desire”

    You should be more careful while writing, adjacent sentences like this could lead to an insane level of misunderstanding

    Comment by Brijesh Chauhan — 07/13/2009 @ 3:05 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for your comments Brigi. I agree, on a second look it looks horrible to me. In addition to that there is a typo as well “started expressed”…I need to proof-read my post before publishing 😛

      Comment by Jimy Shah — 07/14/2009 @ 2:11 am | Reply

      • And also,shouldn’t it be ” My taste buds ” instead of ” My test buds “

        Comment by kunaal — 07/14/2009 @ 5:47 am

      • Yes.. you are correct.

        Comment by Jimy Shah — 07/14/2009 @ 5:49 pm

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